2008 Winter School: Wrap Up

The 2008 Graduate Theme Program, which focused on Statistics for Resource Management and Environmental Science, was the fourth program for postgraduate students and early career researchers in mathematics, hosted for AMSI/ICE-EM by the University of Queensland.

COURSES

Two eminent statisticians Prof. Peter Guttorp of the University of Washington and Prof. Vijay Nair of the University of Michigan led the courses.

STATISTICAL TOOLS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS 

Peter Guttorp, University of Washington

Peter’s research interests include uses of stochastic models in scientific applications in hydrology, atmospheric science, geophysics, environmental science, and hematology. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute for Mathematical Statistics, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. During 2004-2005 he was the Environmental Research Professor of the Swedish Institute of Graduate Engineers.

MODELLING AND ANALYSIS OF EVENT HISTORY DATA AND APPLICATIONS

Vijay Nair, University of Michigan

Vijay’s research interests include Engineering Statistics, Reliability, Design and Analysis of Experiments, and Quality Improvement. He was the chair of the Statistics department at University of Michigan during 1998–2003 and 2004–2010, and holds the record as the longest chair of a department in the college of Literature, Science and Arts.

The UQ organising committee, Prof. Geoff McLachlan, Dr Ian Wood and Ms Glynnis Richardson, provided an excellent and well-run program that was appreciated by all attendees.